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17 June 2009 @ 07:57 pm
Have you ever watched a moonbeam  
Soo..I've decided to enter the Evie's Closet & Studio Sidhe Moon Goddess Photographic Competition. Rules are you wear Evie's Isabella gown, Any colro or style, I happen to have the long purple one. And use Studio Sidhe's Goddess Moon Posing moon

The Moon Faery Photo competition is brought to you by Studio Sidhe, Evie's Closet, the letter 'R' and the number 8.

The rules are simple and as follows:

* You must be a member of BOTH Evie's Closet AND Studio Sidhe's update groups... Both businesses do have a subscriber option if you're worried about group spaces.

* The photo's taken ~must~ feature:

- At least one avatar wearing an Isabella dress/gown in any colour from Evie's Closet.
- At least one avatar posed using the Goddess Moon pose/s from Studio Sidhe.

These two items should be the 'hero' of the composition. The rest is entirely up to you. Apply lashings of your own creativity and imagination!

* Entries are to be submitted into one of the two mailboxes located at either Studio Sidhe: Or Evie's Closet

* Entries may be post processed in any program such as Gimp, photoshop ect.

* By entering your picture/s you agree that these pictures can be used by Evie's Closet & Studio Sidhe for any promotional purposes free and clear.

* Each entrant is limited to submitting a maximum of two entries. Only one picture per resident can win either first, second or third prize.

*Pictures must have full permissions.

* Last entries will be collected from the Mailboxes at 4AM SLT on 06/29/2009.

Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize - L$10,000 Cash

2nd Prize - A Gift Card to Evie's Closet valued at L$2,000 and a Gift Card to Studio Sidhe valued at L$1,000.

3rd Prize - A Gift Card to Evie's Closet valued at L$1,000 and a Gift Card to Studio Sidhe valued at L$500.

* The judges decision is final. Winners will be notified.

* have fun!!! :D

I was having issues figuring out where to take my shots, Then I remembered Templum Ex Obscurum and went there! I Found that only two of the poses work well with a long gown and my wings. SO I concentrated on those. So far I've gotten shots taken at two locations and used different lighting settings. My results are behind the cut. I haven't done any post processing and would love some suggestions on them. Ideas for other locations are welcomed as well.

I set all my settings as high as I could and used saved snapshots to dish instead of emailing them.

And this last one isn't for the contest but me messing with the way you can save the photos and is the first shot saved with "depth" instead of color.

I still want to take more shots for this and of course mess with it some in paintshop. I've never done that with my SL photos for more then icons and stuff so tips on ways to just improve a photo would be welcome as well.
Current Music: Dreamland 04 - The Moonbeam Song
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
There are some tips on my blog dear and I would be happy to help you if I can.

Do you have photoshop?
Fae kitty of Roses and Columbine, on Secondlifesoftpaw_sommer on June 18th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I've got paintshop not photoshop but I'll take a look at your tips. And my graphics card isn't the highest quality.

Do your tips translate well to paintshop?
Fae kitty of Roses and Columbine, on Secondlifesoftpaw_sommer on June 18th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh and thank you so much for any help you can give. You take fabulous shots and constantly amaze me.
tracietracie1976 on June 18th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Hmmm I like the ones with you laying across the poseball. I would try different angles with the camera and experiment with the closeness and such.
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I'm sorry Softpaw but I know nothing about paintshop at all. :(

Does it support layers? Can you make a circular gradient from clear to black and blend it into your picture? (I do that a lot).
Softpaw,  the fae kitty of roses and columbinesoftpaw on June 18th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Yes it does and yes I can. What does blending the gradient in do?
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
It makes the edges get darker and draws your eyes to the middle of the picture. I think the technical term is a vignette.


You can see the effect in that picture.
Softpaw,  the fae kitty of roses and columbinesoftpaw on June 18th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
OH like a mask..gotcha
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Can I be critical?

When I look at your pictures the first thing I thought was "why are you standing on a moon?" It's a composition that doesn't make sense to me.

Then I thought that they are too dark - we can't see the gown properly and the judges won't like that. Try using brighter Windlight presets and if you can, try rezzing a glowing cube (or two) behind your camera so it lights up the front of your picture.

I took a picture in that same place a while ago (/me runs off to find it).


I did a lot of lightening and darkening there to draw your eye to the central subject (me!) and not be distracted by things on the side of the picture.

Also, you are going to have to take it in a really high resolution (3 tmes your screen size) to get rid of the jaggies we can see.

Finally, be on the look out for things sticking through where they shouldn't be - like your arms vanishing through your wings. Often you can move your camera position a little to hide that. When I took the one of Dunan and I standing naked with our backs to the camera I was very careful to get the camera just where you could not see our arms going through each other because those little details make all the difference.

I have an idea - take another picture like the last one but without the moon, and then a second one without moving but in "normal" mode. Then cut yourself out of the normal one and superimpose it on the black and white one so we have you in and your gown in colour on a black and white background.
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
In your last picture do you see the white arch shape at the end of the hall of arches? Your should be in that white shape so it acts like a frame because thats where I kept looking in the picture - not at you but at that white bit.
Softpaw,  the fae kitty of roses and columbinesoftpaw on June 18th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
This is the sort of feed back that was was wanting. Thank you so much. I'll do some more work and post the results in a few days.

Oh and the moon is the poseball. Wiht out it I wont be in the poses that they want folk to use.
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh sorry, I didn't realise the poses you have to use are built into the moon.

In that case I guess you have two choices, either you find a composition where the moon makes sense, like a really low camera angle so the moon appears to be in the sky, or we crop and paint/burn/blur it out of the picture.

If I was doing your black and white picture I would crop it just under your feet and then darken the edges of the picture so the moon isn't noticable. I'm constantly reminding myself to crop my pictures more and more but still I often don't go far enough as a friend pointed out here.

Softpaw,  the fae kitty of roses and columbinesoftpaw on June 18th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
I really wanted to find a setting like the cosmic gallery in the Tut sim..but it's got no build. I'm open to suggestions for a different place for the shots, I'd rather not just superimpose the image on top of a photo from nasa.
faerie_hfaerie_h on June 18th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
I really like the idea of the black and white hall of arches being used as a frame for a colour picture of you :) And sorry - no wings - they complicate the poses too much and fight for attention with the gown (and you've no idea how hard that is for me to say).
Softpaw,  the fae kitty of roses and columbinesoftpaw on June 18th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
What if I took the full bright off the wings?
December Tyger: tinkdecembertyger on June 18th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
I prefer the ones laying on the "moon" that looked like they were in the sky not on the ground. The ones on the ground standing looked like a trophy. Not bad or ugly just not the best of what you have :)I know NOTHING about paint. I always used adobe. so i am no help there sorry. Other than have you fooled with the resolution? That can help with the rough edges sometimes. Also a blur tool.